Northwood Power of One projects bring about authentic change

By on July 3, 2017
Northwood sixth grader Ellie Callen shows off her Power of One presentation on Depression in the Elderly. Provided photo

Northwood sixth grader Ellie Callen shows off her Power of One presentation on Depression in the Elderly. Provided photo

Sixth graders at Northwood Elementary School presented their Power of One culminating projects on June 13. The interdisciplinary projects involve in-depth inquiry, exploring multiple perspectives on an issue that is close to their hearts and taking authentic action to make a difference in the world.

“Students researched their topics for several weeks and developed a plan of action that would have an impact on society,” said Julie Dioguardi, sixth grade teacher. “They spent a great deal of time emailing, phoning and Skyping with different organizations, and met with their mentors in school weekly.”

Sophia Gizzi said that she chose the topic of Child Fear and Anxiety in the Hospital because of what she experienced when she was in the hospital as a young child.

“While I was in the hospital every day I got a new toy to keep my mind off my fear and it gave me something to look forward to,” said Sophia. She also remembered that young patients could play Bingo and win prizes. So she decided to hold a car wash to raise money for the Golisano Children’s Hospital Child Life Program. One of the program’s goals is to ease children’s fears and anxiety that are often associated with being in the hospital by creating activities that strengthen self-esteem and independence. Sophia raised $350 with her car wash to donate to the program.

James Capellupo, an athlete himself, decided to collect sports equipment and donate to Urban Choice Charter School in Rochester for his Power of One project. “I strongly believe that all kids should have the financial accessibility to participate in some kind of sports team or club, if they wish,” he said.

James collected used sports equipment at his school and in his neighborhood, and was able to amass a donation of equipment for six different sports, plus other items such as Frisbees for use in physical education class.

“The school really comes together for the Power of One,” said Dioguardi. “Students realize that just because they’re in sixth grade doesn’t mean that they can’t do something amazing.”

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